July newsletter

RVB banner July 2013 copy

Welcome to the monthly online Rendez-vous de la Baie newsletter! Please feel free to share with your friends and colleagues.

The Rendez-vous de la Baie Operations Committee and the Clare Tourism Committee have decided to re-brand the Centre with an emphasis on attracting tourist markets. The primary description has changed to “Visitor Centre” with a redesigned logo and signage that incorporates the signature red roof of the building. These changes have been made to make it easier for visitors to locate the Centre.
new RVB main road sign


Musique de la Baie, Mondays, June 24 to Sept. 30, 5 pm-7 pm
New for 2013, the Rendez-vous is participating in the popular “Musique de la Baie” program. Discover Acadian “kitchen parties” featuring local musicians. Admission free with a purchase. Nachos are now available (Mondays only). Reservations recommended: 902-769-3674.
July 22 – Christal Thibault
July 29 – Christal Thibault
* August 5 – Kyle & Lisa Doucette (*note this is a special event during the Festival acadien where tickets will be sold. See details below in a note about the Wine and Food event)
August 12 – Gerard LeBlanc
August 19 – Kyle & Lisa Doucette
August 26 – Christal Thibault

Rendez-vous de la Baie - Musique de la Baie

Press Conference – Festival acadien de Clare, Friday, July 19, at 2 pm
Festival acadien logo
You are cordially invited to the Festival acadien de Clare’s press conference, held at the Rendez-vous de la Baie. Attending this conference is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the 2013 Festival activities and events and to meet the organizers and partners. Consult the Festival website for the complete program: http://www.festivalacadiendeclare.ca/
For more information: Charles MacDougall, Marketing and Communications Officer. festivalmarketing2013@gmail.com 902-769-0832

At the Trécarré Art Gallery
During the months of July and August, the art exhibition will be “The Words – Les Mots” which showcases works made by members of the Conseil des Arts de la Baie. At the same time, the exhibit “Alcuin 2012: Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada” will be hosted by the gallery from July 22 to August 21. This will be the first time that this national collection is exhibited in our community. All are invited to attend. Click to learn more (in French).
Le Trecarre - Les Mots The Words summer2013

Art de la Baie workshop at Rendez-vous – Monotype with Sheila LeBlanc : Friday, July 26, 10 am – 3 pm
Sheila will demystify the world of art prints through a monotype workshop. Acetates and Akua inks give a rich effect using a simple technique. All levels are capable of learning. Inspired by the beauty of the Baie, elements of nature and the human form, our collaborative work will be accessible and interesting. A workshop of 50-60 minutes will be offered in French and/or in English. Material included. Contact Danny at 902-769-2345 or vicclare@gmail.com
Other upcoming workshops:
Thursday, August 1: Valérie Nadon (visual arts)
Thursday, August 8: Karen Boudreau (linocut)
Thursday, August 15: Nora Robicheau (collage)

Sheila LeBlanc - Art de la baie le 26 juillet poster copy

Outdoor Movie Night, Tuesday, July 30 at 9:30 pm
Participate in outdoor film night in the back courtyard at Rendez-vous de la Baie. Featuring: La Cabane. Free admission. Presented by Festival acadien in collaboration with Rendez-vous de la Baie. Café open until 10:30 pm, popcorn will be available.
juillet 30 2012 - Soiree de films 2

An Evening of French Storytelling by Les Baranquex, Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 pm
Featuring: Nicole Boudreau, Blanche Comeau, Robert Frappier, Anne LeBlanc, Judith Patouma, Daniel Robichaud et Marie-Colombe-Robichaud. Music by James Quinlan. In the Acadian Interpretation Centre. Cost: $6

Soirée Rendez-vous with Wine and Cheese, Monday, August 5, 6 pm-9 pm
Participants are Luckett Vineyards, Comeau’s Farm Market and Hug Your Nanny Goat Cheese Farm, as well as special guests. Luckett Vineyards will have their newly launched wines! Semi-formal please. Music by Kyle and Lisa Doucette. You can purchase tickets through the Festival acadien (769-0832) or at the Rendez-vous de la Baie café. Cost: $15 per person or $25 for 2. Sponsored by: Clare Chamber of Commerce

Lantern Tours: Legends of the Baie, 4 pm-5 pm (several dates)
During the Festival acadien on Wednesdays: July 31, August 7 and 14 and Wednesday, July 24 (11 am-12 noon). In the Acadian Interpretation Centre. Available in English and French. Free activity. To book a group, contact Danny at 902-769-2345 or vicclare@gmail.com
Nocturne - Legendes de la Baie


WEB SITE LAUNCH: www.baiesaintemarie.ca

The official tourism website for Clare/Baie Sainte-Marie has been updated! You will find a wide range of visitor information ranging from culture and heritage attractions, parks and recreation, artists, accommodations, where to eat, as well as a calendar of events and activities. There are new pages on Acadian experiences, videos, maps, webcams, weather and tides and more. We strongly encourage you to share the link as well as update it on your website. There is also a links page for our Partners!
BSM screen shot



Gaetane Theriault - avec coquesWelcome to Gaetane Thériault to the café team (shown in photo) as a part-time server. Now that summer is here, come enjoy our Cold Drinks! Smoothies: tropical, wild berry, frappuccino and iced drinks: coffee, café mocha, ice cappucino $3.75. Iced tea $2.49.

Facebook Contest! Like and Share our Facebook page for a chance to win great prizes! For information on our daily specials and special events, “Like” the Rendez-vous de la Baie Facebook Pagefacebook jpeg.
FB promo juillet July 2013


Drop by and welcome back Nicole Thimot to the Rendez-vous de la Baie team, our summer student at the VIC. Don’t forget to pick up a free Clare tear-off map and check out the expanded gift shop.
Nicole et Danny au VIC 2013


Historic Gardens logo

441 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal
Site web: www.historicgardens.com
Contact: Trish Fry, 902-532-7018
Email: admin[à]historicgardens.com

The Rendez-vous de la Baie is very pleased to announce that Historic Gardens is the sponsor of the month for July 2013. Their generous contribution provides everyone with free access to the Acadian Interpretive Centre museum halls.

Located in historic Annapolis Royal, the Historic Gardens was recently selected as “One of 5 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For”. With 17 acres of gardens telling the story of Nova Scotia from a horticultural perspective, the Gardens are a “must see” attraction. One highlight of significance is the reproduction of a 1671 thatched Acadian house garden and dyked lands, reminiscent of the time when the Annapolis Royal area was thriving as the Cradle of Acadie.

Access to the Acadian Interpretive Centre (Museum) at Rendez-vous de la Baie is now free of charge. New since 2012, the admission fees have been replaced by a Donation box, as well as a new Corporate Sponsorship Program.

For more information on the Corporate Sponsorship Program, please view the PDF.



New Visitor Experience: Acadian Shore Adventure Tour
New for the 2013 season, the Clare Tourism Department is offering a guided tour experience to attract new visitors to Clare from the Digby area. Danny Blinn is leading this experience every Monday during the tourist season, using a 14-seat Transport de Clare bus (please note there will be no tour on July 29).
Click to read an illustrated article about the June 24 Familiarization Tour. To book your seat, contact Danny at 902-769-2345 or visit page for details.
Danny tour

Acadian Passport
Brochures have been re-printed to encourage tourists to visit the circuit of 8 Acadian cultural and heritage sites and learn the story of Acadie in southwest Nova Scotia from past to present. Watch for the new display signs that identify these participating sites.

New Geocaching Series: Clare and Argyle
The municipalities of Clare and Argyle are coordinating a new geocaching series to encourage visitors to explore Acadian heritage sites of the Acadian Shores. This project is in partnership with Nova Scotia CAP (Community access program) sites, managed by the Acadian federation of Nova Scotia (FANE). The new geocaches will be placed this summer by a team of students. Later in the year, a new brochure will be re-designed and printed for the 2014 season, so stay tuned!

Have any questions or comments?
Contact Larry Peach: Manager, Rendez-vous de la Baie & Tourism Director, Municipality of Clare
902-769-1234 [ courriel ]
Café: 902-769-3674 Visitor Information: 902-769-2345